Newton OS: Year 2000 (Y2K) Compliance

Is the Newton OS Year 2000 (Y2K) Compliant?
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Although there currently is no official certification or industry-standard documentation process associated with Year 2000 (Y2K) Compliance, the Newton OS presents no difficulty in handling information spanning the millennium.

The Newton OS, since its introduction, has been designed to use a calculation of "minutes past midnight, January 1, 1904" or "seconds past midnight, January 1, 1993." This calculation is used for dates prior to and after the year 2000. Therefore, dates at or beyond the 2000 mark, are simply larger numbers as a result of this calculation - and do not have the difficulty other operating systems may have when calculating dates before and after the year 2000.

The Newton OS also addresses additional concerns associated with the year 2000.
  • The Newton OS supports the input and display of 2 and 4 digit years.
  • Two-digit dates "00" and up are recognized as 2000 and up.
  • The Newton OS recognizes February 29, 2000 as a valid date.
  • The Newton OS does not reset the date/time when performing a soft reset.
  • During a soft reset, all dates stored in date fields are persistent.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2012